Africa Welcomes Refugees, But Freedom and Jobs Needed

African nations, which host more than 20 million people forced to flee their homes, must enforce international agreements to better protect and provide opportunities for those escaping conflict and disaster, aid groups said Tuesday.

Refugees and internally displaced people topped the agenda at the African Union’s (AU) annual heads of state summit, which ended Monday — a move welcomed by humanitarians as growing numbers are forcibly uprooted around the world.

African nations have been lauded for adopting a more liberal “open door” policy toward refugees than Western nations, despite being low-income economies.

But refugees are then usually confined to camps in Africa.

FILE – A Somali woman carries wood to make a shelter in an internally displaced people (IDP) camp, Dec….

Read More